WEB DESK: The 38th death anniversary of renowned poet Josh Malihabadi is being observed on Saturday.
Josh, who real name was Shabbir Hasan Khan was born on Dec 5, 1898 in Malihabad in undivided India. In 1914, he passed senior Cambridge exam. Afterward, Josh sahib acquired Arabic and Persian education.
In 1925, Josh started his career as a translator at Usmania University in Hyderabad Deccan. Josh was expelled from the Deccan State after he penned down a verse against Nizam Hyderabad.
His poem “Hussain and Inqilab” earned him the title of ‘Poet of Revolution’.
Josh was opposed to British rule and was a torchbearer of Hindustan’s independence. Josh was a very close friend of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1958 he came to Pakistan despite the opposition of Nehru.
Josh wrote many songs, ghazals and poems, and his works include Shola-o-Shabnam, Junoon-o-Hikmat, Fikr-o-Nishaat, Harf-o-Hikaayat, and Irfaniyat-e-Josh.
His autobiography Yadoon ki Baraat became immensely popular among readers for his candid account of his life.
He died on this day in 1982 in Islamabad.